Can you stop taking Diclofenac cold turkey? 

Can you stop taking Diclofenac cold turkey? 

Yes, you can stop taking Diclofenac cold turkey. It is not a habit-forming medication and this over-the-counter NSAID is not a narcotic. So, you can definitely stop it right away if you need to. However, you need to make sure that you’re stopping Diclofenac for the right reasons. 

If you have chronic pain and you’re currently taking Diclofenac for it, you should ask your doctor whether or not you should stop using this medication, not because of any withdrawal symptoms but because of the risk of your pain coming back. 

If Diclofenac is causing side effects and you wish to stop it, you can. However, you’ll have to revisit your doctor for an alternative to manage your chronic pain. 

In general, Diclofenac can be stopped whenever you want as it’s not addictive in any way. If you’re concerned about anything, talk to your healthcare provider. 

Is there any risk associated with abrupt Diclofenac discontinuation?

As stated in the previous section, Diclofenac’s abrupt withdrawal is not associated with the typical dangers one expects from drugs that cause dependence. However, it is important to note that an individual’s response to drug discontinuation may vary. 

On the other hand, stopping Diclofenac abruptly can be a bit problematic for someone taking this medication to manage chronic pain. Abruptly stopping Diclofenac may also cause rebound inflammation, which could lead to increased pain and discomfort(1).

Consulting with your doctor

It is best to reach out to your doctor before stopping Diclofenac abruptly. Although it is not a habit-forming medication, some people may not feel so good after stopping it. 

It is important to note that this usually happens with chronic users of Diclofenac, people who have been using this medication for years. Even in that case, most people get away with no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. 

If you are concerned about the side effects caused by Diclofenac and wish to stop taking it, talk to your doctor. This is not only important for safe drug discontinuation, but you are also going to need another pain reliever to manage your pain in a safe and effective manner. 

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